Michigan election audit doesnâ€™t seem to be possible until after certification. Audits arenâ€™t designed to smoke out fraud.
â€œNot sure who needs to hear this, but under state law (MCL 168.31a) audits can only be conducted after the State Canvassers certify the election,â€ Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson wrote. â€œThis is [because] election officials do not have legal access to the documents needed to complete audits until the certification.â€
In more detail:
â€œThroughout my tenure as Michigan Secretary of State, and indeed long before, I have spoken repeatedly on the importance of post-election audits to ensure Michiganders can trust the outcome of our elections as an accurate reflection of the will of the people,â€ she said in the statement. â€œNotably, audits are neither designed to address nor performed in response to false or mythical allegations of â€˜irregularitiesâ€™ that have no basis in fact.â€
According to Michigan election law, the secretary of state â€œauthorize the release of all ballots, ballot boxes, voting machines, and equipment after 30 days following certification of an election by the board of state canvassersâ€ in the event that a recount petition has been filed or a court has issued an order â€œrestraining interferenceâ€ with these materials.